Academia and the former freedom of speech

…from the quill of Antisthenes

Lord Christopher Monckton, a renowned anthropogenic global warming sceptic is in Australia, attempting to debate what he considers the faulty science behind the scare. It is not easy. For example, the management of Brisbane Broncos (a sport club, apparently majority owned by The News Limited) cancelled his appearance at the club after a campaign by the Australian Labor Party’s puppet organisation.

Furthermore, fifty academics petitioned the Notre Dame University (Western Australia) to cancel his planned speech there. You can find the unsurprising background of some of them on  http://bunyipitude.blogspot.com/2011/07/finnish-cinema-and-climate-change.html

Unfortunately, what is also unsurprising is the silence of the rest of academia. Fifty of their colleagues get together to censor free speech, and the reaction – so what – I got my grant/career and I’m not going to risk it.

Perhaps I ought to be surprised that it was only fifty censors. But, in time, our academics, but for a handful of the brave, will obediently denounce heretics, like their colleagues did in Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, China … and then there would no heretics and only the true, government approved science would flourish.

 

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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5 Responses to Academia and the former freedom of speech

  1. GOL says:

    Isn’t it mind-boggling? The universities in the Western World seem to be afflicted with this pernicious pc speech code. Basically, the conservative thought is not welcomed in those crucibles of free thoughts. In my opinion, it is the hubris and arrogance of the “baby-boomer” lefties. It started in the streets by protesting “The Man” in the sixties and now that they became “The Man” they’re dictating their vision of the New World Order to the rest of “ignorant humanity”. I think that here in the United States the college education is becoming a biggest rip-off since vast majority of students do not acquire any meaningful skills and pay dearly for it in more then one way.

    See an interesting take on the website by GB.

  2. Most of the university left have a “The Man” template of their conservative foes, which has little to do with actual conservative thought. Just ask them, whats the conservative argument? what do you know of it. Most of them cannot conjure it up. Or they at-least give you a cartoonish rendition.

    For the college education scam I’ll put a post up for everybody.

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  4. GOL says:

    This isn’t new and should not be surprising. Deterioration of standards has been going on for a generation or two. What I hoped would be the last bastion of lefties (commies, socialists a.k.a Bolsheviks) turned out to be their fortress. Only a due diligence and perseverance may be able to eradicate this affliction. There is voluminous information about this and with the “new” media readily accessible.

  5. GOL says:

    The young ones are especially susceptible to an effort by the liberal teacher’s unions to brainwash and indoctrinate and by the time many enter the universities their “critical thinking” is molded in a certain pc way. There is no more abhorrent behavior then students at campi preventing conservative or any other speakers from speaking to the audiences at universities. The basic premise of free speech disrupted by those who should support it the most because it is in their own interest to explore all avenues of thoughts.

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